Learn about civil rights and anti-war activist Laura Whitehorn at the Kabbalah House’s screening of OUT: The making of a revolutionary. Whitehorn spent fourteen years in prison after being convicted of the 1983 U.S. Capitol Bombing; the bombing resulted in no injuries or deaths.
The one-hour movie, produced by Sonja de Vries and Rhonda Collins, will be shown at 7:30pm on June 27, 2013 as part of what Queers Without Borders calls “Month of Resistance.” June is typically when LGBT pride events occur. Queers Without Borders have argued that pride events have become depoliticized in recent years. They say, “Happy Political Pride to all who continue the fight in the spirit of Compton’s Caferteria and Stonewall. Fight Back!”
The discussion will follow the free screening. The Kabbalah House is located at 1023 Albany Ave.
(left-to-right) Richard Nelson, Chris Gavreau, and Stephen Durham
Stephen Durham, the Freedom Socialist Party nominee for President in the 2012 general election, drove up from New York for the Thursday rush hour rally calling for Bradley Manning’s freedom. Continue reading 'Blowing Whistles for a Whistleblower'»
A flyer distributed outside of the under construction Capital Grille Restaurant claims that a subcontractor was issued a stop work order by the Connecticut Department of Labor for “misrepresenting employees as independent contractors.” Continue reading 'Front Street Labor Complaint'»
Connecticut Immigrant Rights Alliance (CIRA) and Connecticut Immigrant Voices Coalition (CIVIC) sponsored a rally and festival in Bushnell Park this weekend, with the afternoon’s events including musical performances, dance, and the telling of personal challenges with the immigration experience. Continue reading 'Multicultural Festival Promotes Immigration Reform'»
Last night the Connecticut State Senate passed SB 191, the Vulnerable User bill. This bill makes it possible for motorists to be fined for endangering, injuring, or killing vulnerable users, which are defined as pedestrians, cyclists, highway workers, skateboarders/skaters, and those operating tractors. Vulnerable users are also those riding/driving animals, those using wheelchairs, and the blind, as well as their service animals. Violators would be able to be fined up to $1000.
It’s now up to the House to take action.
The legislative session ends on June 5th.
Hartford joined hundreds of other cities in hosting a march against Monsanto and GMOs on Saturday. Continue reading 'Anti-GMO March'»
(L-to-R) Charles R. Venator-Santiago, Olga Delarosa Moya, Victor Quinones, Ana-Maria Garcia, Madelyn Colon, y Evelyn Mantilla
The gymnasium of St. Anne / Immaculate Conception Church on Park Street was the venue for a true community dialogue about the history and current state of the Latino vote in Hartford. The dialogue did not dwell in the past, nor did it center on the panelists’ contributions, as audience members readily joined in.
Evelyn Mantilla, who served as the event’s moderator, explained that of the approximately 54,000 individuals registered to vote in the city, 38% are Latinos. Of the small number who voted in the 2012 primary, only 13% of those voters were Latino.
“Why don’t more Latinos vote in Hartford?” was the question that held this conversation together. Everyone had theories.
Panelist Victor Quinones said, “we are not educated politically.” People will vote all Democrat instead of thinking about the individual candidates.
“There is also the hours,” he said. Very few people stop by the polls between 6-9am, and then people work all day. He said the polls should open and close later. Continue reading '¿Ausente? Indeed.'»
This afternoon, Judith Almeida, a staff attorney at the Connecticut Department of Transportation, ruled that unless a grade separated pedestrian/cyclist bridge is constructed over the crossing, the Connecticut DOT may not permanently close Flower Street to pedestrian and cyclist usage. The Flower Street crossing will remain closed to vehicular traffic.
You can read the full ruling below:
Flower Street In Hartford.pdf
Anna Barry, the Deputy DOT Commissioner, left after a few minutes, but City of Hartford employees remained at the table with Frog Hollow and Asylum Hill residents and stakeholders for over two hours.
Barry’s contribution to the meeting was acknowledgement that the City has been engaged in “vigorous discussion” with the Connecticut DOT and that no conclusion has been reached between those parties about what is an acceptable path forward.
The remaining several hours were spent discovering how many different ways it is possible for all present parties — Barry excluded, as she removed herself from the Studio at Billings Forge before this conversation launched — to have independently developed a distrust of the State’s transportation agency. Continue reading 'City Meets with Residents about Flower Street'»